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The Life Cycle of Midges

Producer: Ralph & Lisa Cutter  |  FlyLine.com

This clip is from Bugs of the Underworld (Ralph & Lisa Cutter, DVD, 37 minutes) and features the chapter on midges. Ralph & Lisa Cutter’s documentary work has appeared on National Geographic, PBS, BBC, TROUT, and at the California Academy of Sciences. This DVD showcases their extraordinary skill in underwater cinematography, and also features Stoneflies, Caddisflies, Damselflies and Mayflies.

EXCERPT: “Midges are the most common and diverse aquatic insects in the world. They occupy habitats ranging from sewage ponds, to brine holes, to crytalline alpine lakes. Their numbers can range into the tens of thousands per square meter, and in many waters their forage value is the only reason trout can exist.”

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  • anteater

    I have been watching the midges in buckets of water in my garden. I saw a tiny red pupa struggling out of its case, and it appeared to be assisted by other, older (grey) pupae that anchored their periscope-like tails to the end of the case so it could emerge, as it was getting nowhere by itself, as there was no form of purchase in the water alone. Once it emerged, it wriggled off below the surface :)